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Traveling English and the Innocent Spread of Imperialism In the age of Britain’s great dominance as a world power, many English people chose to live or travel abroad. Tom Hiney, Glyn Williams, and Katie Hickman each have written about the subject. Each author explains what connection these people had with imperialism, as well as their beliefs in it. The authors also give explanations of why persons from Britain chose to live among people who were so different from themselves at times, motivations for doing so, as well as problems and resolutions for them. The experiences of these people differed from one to the other, though in many ways their mindsets were similar. The authors show that in their own respective eras as well as a long term sense, the situations of English people abroad changed. Tom Hiney accomplishes a worthy recount of the evangelical Christians who spread the gospel to the world in his book, On the Missionary Trail . In 1821, at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the London Missionary Society chose Congregationalist minister Daniel Tyerman and philanthropist George Bennet to travel the globe visiting and reporting on distant missions. Along the way, fierce storms, savage pirates, and wild animals, as well as consultations with prominent kings and ordinary countrymen, were only a few of the high points of the journey. The book begins with some background information of early missionaries sent by Pope Gregory, and their unsuccessful journey. Hiney soon begins his exploration of the history of the London Missionary Society, first considered “a laughable enterprise by the establishment and the press” (Hiney, p. 4). The Society was having difficulties supervising its missionaries around the world, which is why they sent Bennet and 1
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Tyerman to visit the missions. They were to help the missionaries acquaint themselves with the missions, and “if possible, carry into effect such plans as shall appear to be requisite for the furtherance of the gospel” (Hiney, p. 39). They first went to the South Sea Islands, where they saw constant fighting and Christian beliefs dependent upon the notion of the particular chief. Then in New Zealand they were nearly killed by a native with bad memories of the last white intruders. China is where most of the excitement of the journey was. They attended a luxurious wedding of a daughter of a wealthy Chinese trader, which Hiney describes in great detail. There, they also witnessed a human sacrifice and suttee, and in Tahiti, they observed the first Christian royal ceremony. Their last stop was in Madagascar, where Tyerman died and
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2010 for the course HIST 1301 taught by Professor Daniels during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas-Tyler.

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